Undoing Internalized Ableism Cohort (Summer 2024) REGISTRATION CLOSED

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Undoing Internalized Ableism Cohort (Summer 2024) REGISTRATION CLOSED

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We will lead a cohort of disabled people who are currently engaged in social justice work through a workshop series designed to develop knowledge and skills (peer support, self-advocacy, practicing access, and more) to navigate internalized ableism. This is not apolitical or completely individual. Participants will work with each other to find ways we can make the work of undoing internalized ableism a collective process and use what is learned in movement work beyond the cohort.

The graphic for the offering, "Undoing Internalized Ableism." The graphic has a light gold background and the text "Apply by May 15" in the top right corner and in a purple banner. In the top center of the graphic is "Undoing Internalized Ableism Cohort" and below it is the text "Our goal is for disabled people to support one another so we can effectively contribute to movements without killing ourselves to do so, and decide for ourselves how we can push each other to meet the demands of what is happening to us." Below that is text "We want cohort members to leave with the tools, skills, and analysis to support other disabled people in undoing internalized ableism." Below that are the dates "June 15, 9am PT / 12pm ET" and "June 20, 27 & July 11, 18, 12pm PT / 3pm ET". To the right are two green seedlings sprouting from a small pile of dirt. At the bottom center of the graphic is a purple banner that says "More info + apply:"
Dates and Times

This event is a cohort by application only. We are asking those accepted to make commitments to the following dates:

Workshop Sessions:

  • Meet & Greet: Friday, June 14, 6-7pm ET
  • Orientation/Session 1: Saturday, June 15, 12-4pm ET 
  • Session 2: Thursday, June 20, 3-5pm ET 
  • Session 3: Thursday, June 27, 3-5pm ET
  • 1 hour check-in with facilitators (to be scheduled with you)
  • Session 4: Thursday, July 11, 3-5pm ET
  • Session 5: Thursday, July 18, 3-6pm ET

Collaboration Sessions

  • Collab session:Tuesday, June 18, 7-8pm ET 
  • Collab session: Tuesday, June 25, 12-1pm ET
  • Collab session: Tuesday, July 9, 7-8pm ET
  • Collab session: Tuesday, July 16, 12-1pm ET
Program Full-Description

Undoing Internalized Ableism is a 6-week program to equip disabled organizers with tools and strategies to combat internalized ableism and to work through the question: How can this work be collective?

The cohort will participate in 5 workshops on peer support, self-advocacy, collective care, and disability liberation. Accountability groups will provide support and deeper reflection, and there will be 4 collaborative spaces to work on final projects and connect with other participants.

The cohort is facilitated by a team of disabled organizers, some of whom have previously participated in the cohort themselves.

Internalized ableism is something that every disabled person deals with and for many it is the reason that they don’t identify and/or participate in struggles for disabled liberation. Our movements rarely have a sophisticated approach to undoing ableism generally and almost never have a focus on internalized ableism. Because of this, there are very few structured accessible spaces to do this work collectively. Our goal is for disabled people to support one another so we can effectively contribute to movements without killing ourselves to do so and be able to decide for ourselves how we can push each other to meet the demands of what is happening to us. If we don’t figure out how to make this a part of our fight against ableism, then we will have more generations of disabled people feeling unworthy and/or not engaging with movements altogether. Collective liberation is only possible with the full participation and self-determination of disabled people in our communities and movements.

Participants will leave with..


  • Theory of how internalized ableism impacts us
  • Able to recognize internalized ableism 
  • Understanding disability as a place to organize from
  • Have experience of an accessible and supportive space
  • How other disabled people work to undo internalized ableism 


  • Able to discern what can be handled individually vs. what needs to involve community or organizing
  • Able to delineate between what you have control of/or not is important 
  • Have tools for self-advocacy
  • Skills to work with it collectively, in particular addressing it in movement spaces. 
  • Peer support skills to navigate hard conversations and feelings


  • People not feeling shitty about themselves - shifting blame to systems/oppression 
  • People not feeling alone - having more peers who can help engage in it
  • Feeling less overwhelmed and being inspired to begin
  • Feeling a sense of disabled identity grounded in movement history
  • Believe that accessible spaces are possible and have more hope/expectation this can happen

Going beyond:

  • Develop a peer community during the workshops
  • Create ways to have these conversations in an ongoing way beyond these workshops.
  • orgs or work people can plug into including care clinics — have prepared resources for folks

Who is this program for?

This program is only for disabled people, however, we recognize that people don’t claim disability identities for various reasons. If you’re wondering if this program is for you, here are a couple of ways of thinking about what disability is: Americans with Disabilities Act definition | World Health Organization definition. We all use different language; that’s fine - what we have in common is that our needs are considered outside of the norm and we’re not being supported to participate.


AI captioning will be provided.

Access requests, including interpretation and captioners, can be made during registration or by emailing Dustin Gibson at  Requests for interpreters and captioners that are made less than 48 hours before the event typically are more difficult to meet. We will try and notify you if we cannot secure requested access.

Issues with Application?

If you have questions about this offering or technical needs applying for this series, please contact registration support.

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The full cost of the program is $700; however, this is a pay-what-you-can cohort and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Many of our participants are sponsored by their organizations, employers, or schools - so if you belong to an organization, consider asking them to cover the cost.